This isn't as well-made as modern comic book movies I've seen, but the screenplay is on par. It's fast-paced with plenty of action. Ralph Byrd, a C grade actor who played Tracy in the 1937 movie serial, Dick Tracy
, plays him here. Anne Gwynne (Killer Dill
) plays Tess Trueheart. Besides Boris Karloff
, I recognized two other odd looking character actors in this: Skelton Knaggs (Terror by Night
) who plays X-Ray, and Milton Parsons (Dark Alibi
) as Dr. A. Tomic. I liked the silly names for characters, and places (Wood Plastics).
Directing wasn't all it could be. Blocking in the bank robbery scene was muffed. Supposedly, people are frozen in place (Freeze-frame is the special effect used several times in the movie.) depending on their proximity to the source of a paralyzing gas, but I could see people far in the background being frozen at the same time as those in the foreground in a couple of shots. Not long afterward, in the hospital scene, Tess positively identifies a bank robbery suspect though his face is completely wrapped in bandages.
I downloaded the 270MB 512Kb MPEG4 file. Video and audio quality were Ok.